Recent Ohio crash puts focus on school bus safety

Published: Feb. 18, 2020 at 8:24 PM EST
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A recently released video showing students being tossed around on a school bus during a crash in Perry County, Ohio, has focused attention on safety.

Darrell Prim, facilities and transportation manager for Marietta City Schools, said more than 1,000 children ride the bus to and from school every day, and school officials do everything they can to keep them safe.

While Ohio currently does not require seat belts on school buses, Prim said Marietta has them on the first three rows of its buses for young children.

"The driver would have to try to get back through there and cut seat belts to get kids out," he said. "I know it was a terrible scene, the rollover with kids being thrown around, but as you seen everybody was able to get up and was able to get out of the bus with just a few minors scratches and bruises."

Prim said another safety issue is people who drive past stopped buses.

"I got 15 to 20 passing the bus in the last month, he said. "I just urge drivers be aware of that bus."

Meanwhile, Prim said the district is looking to hire new bus drivers. To apply, call 740-374-6525.

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